Dean Geoffrey Garrett
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Teaching + Innovation
Experiential Learning Center
Open Expression Statement
BS Business Administration (BUAD)
BS Accounting (ACCT)
World Bachelor in Business (WBB)
BS Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA)
BS Artificial Intelligence for Business (BUAI)
Full-Time MBA (FTMBA)
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM)
International MBA (IBEAR)
Online MBA (OMBA)
MS Business Administration (MSBUSAD)
MS Business Analytics (MSBA)
MS Entrepreneurship + Innovation (MSEI)
MS Finance (MSF)
MS Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM)
MS Marketing (MSMKT)
MS Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE)
Master of Business for Veterans (MBV)
Master of Management Studies (MMS)
Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Taxation (MBT)
Master of Business Taxation for Working Professionals (MBT.WP)
Data Sciences + Operations
Management + Organization
GC in Business Analytics
GC in Financial Analysis + Valuation
GC in Management Studies
GC in Marketing
GC in Optimization + Supply Chain Management
GC in Strategy + Management Consulting
GC in Sustainability + Business
GC in Technology Commercialization
GC in Library and Information Management – Online
Business Communication (BUCO)
Data Sciences and Operations (DSO)
Finance + Business Economics (FBE)
Leventhal School of Accounting (ACCT)
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (BAEP)
Management and Organization (MOR)
Institutes + Centers
Randall R. Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute
Peter Arkley Institute for Risk Management
VanEck Digital Assets Initiative
Institute for Outlier Research in Business
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
USC Marshall Venture Fund
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
Center for Effective Organizations
Center for Global Innovation
Center for Investment Studies
Initiative on Digital Competition
Giving + Support
Alumni Engagement + Resources
MS in Finance Admissions
Thank you for your interest in USC Marshall’s Master of Science in Finance degree program. The MSF program allows students to earn a graduate degree in 16 months, beginning coursework in August and finishing the following December. The MSF program is a full-time residential program, taking place on the USC campus. There are no minimum years of work experience required to be eligible to apply for the MSF program.
Who would benefit from a Master of Science in Finance?
The primary objective of the MSF program is to provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to make an immediate impact as analysts within the various realms of finance and thus advance their careers. The program is open to both business and non-business undergraduates and equips them with tools, ideas and frameworks to excel in early-stage finance jobs.
STEM Designated Program
The MSF program at USC is a STEM designated program, which allows international students on F-1 visas to apply for a 24-month extension of their optional practical training (OPT).
Fall 2023 Dates and Deadlines
Application opens: October 1, 2022Classes begin: August 21, 2023Orientation: August 14, 2023
Deadlines:Round 1 – December 1, 2022Round 2 –February 1, 2023
*We will continue to accept applications after February 1, 2023. However, applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Priority will be given to students who apply by the Round 1 (Dec 1) and Round 2 (Feb 1) deadlines. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the Fall 2023 intake is full or by the May 31 final deadline.
No international student applications will be accepted after April 15, 2023, due to immigration timelines.
Notification period can extend to May 31, 2023.
All deadlines are at 11:59 pm EST (8:59 pm PST).
For more information about this program please fill out THIS FORM.
Four-year Undergraduate Degree, or Equivalent
To be in the program the applicant must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor's degree with a competitive GPA. Applicants in the process of finishing an undergraduate degree may apply, with acceptance contingent on finishing the undergraduate degree and ability to be physically present at the start of the program. Please see here for degree requirements by country.
Complete the online application and upload all required documents here. International applicants should also consult the instructions for international students published in the USC Graduate Admissions website. When applying, we recommend using a personal email address that you will maintain access to for the foreseeable future rather than university or temporary accounts that you may lose access to. The program office is only able to communicate admissions decisions to the email address used at time of application.
Nonrefundable application fee: $155
USC students/staff/alumni, US military veterans, and select other groups qualify for an application fee waiver. For Fee Waiver Categories and instructions on how to apply for a waiver, click here.
Transcript requirements are set forth by the Office of Graduate Admission. Please view their website for details.
Transcript submission is a two-step process:1.You must upload scanned copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended to the online application. These must be official transcripts printed on university letterhead. Print-outs from online student portals are not acceptable.2. After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, you must submit the official transcripts by mail, courier, or electronic services from all colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions you have previously attended.
Official transcript:A transcript is considered official when it is received in the sealed envelope provided by the school, or when it is electronically transmitted (not emailed) from the institution. Even if it is mailed by the applicant, it can be considered official as long as the envelope has not been opened.Cover sheet:We recommend that you fill out the “College/University Transcript Cover Page” and send it to the registrar’s office of each post-secondary institution you have attended. Although it is not mandatory, including it along with your USC ID number will help match your transcripts to your file as quickly as possible.E-transcripts:USC accepts official electronic transcripts from all countries, provided that the transcript originates from a secure site formally linked to the sending institution. Please instruct the vendor to email the transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send any other materials or correspondence to this email. Electronic transcripts e-mailed to any other address will not be downloaded, delaying review of your file and adding an extra expense because the transcript will need to be re-sent.Transcripts in original language of issuance:International students who have earned their degree outside the United States must check the country-specific requirements to determine if original-language copies of their academic records are needed. In such cases, a separate, word-for-word, English-language translation of all academic records must also be submitted. The translation should either be issued directly from the school itself or by a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and “mirror” them as precisely as possible. Dual-language transcripts are also acceptable.USC alumni or current students:USC degree holders do not need to submit USC transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admission. Please be sure to include your USC enrollment in the “Academic Background” section so that we may match your application to the academic records already on file.Credential evaluation:Please note that USC does not accept or recognize credential evaluation reports from outside agencies (e.g. WES, ECE, etc.) for the purposes of admission review.Mailing InstructionsIf sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:University of Southern CaliforniaUSC Office of Graduate Admission3601 South Flower Street, Room 112Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:University of Southern CaliforniaUSC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915Phone: (213) 740-1111
International Students only: Financial documentation and Passport
Admission to USC is based on merit rather than ability to pay. The U.S. government, however, requires that all international applicants provide proof of adequate financial support for the first year of study and passport copies for you and any applicable dependents before a formal letter of admission and an I-20 (or DS-2019) can be issued.It is not necessary to submit financial documents or a copy of a valid passport for your application to be reviewed or for an admission decision to be rendered.However, during application ‘busy season’ from February to May, students should be aware that processing time for these documents can take up to 8 weeks. For this reason, we strongly suggest you submit financial receipt of the I-20 document for admitted and certified students.Please read carefully through USC Graduate Admission Guidelines for Financial Documentation, particularly the Financial Statement Expense Figures as well as the detailed guidelines for submitting proof of financial support.
International Applicants FAQ
The MS in Finance program boasts a large enrollment of international students. We’ve developed the below to help answer some frequently asked questions.Admissions & EligibilityWho is considered an international applicant?All applicants that are not United States nationals, and will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, should apply as an international student. Applicants who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas (for example, E2, H2 or L2) are also considered international applicants. Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending a university outside the United States are not considered international students.*For more information see hereWhen is the application deadline for international students?The final deadline for international students may be a bit earlier than for domestic students. This is to ensure time for visa processing. Review the Dates and Deadlines above for all updated deadlines.What is the language requirement?Review the Test Scores section for complete information.How do I know if I am exempt from language testing?International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances outlined under “English-Language Test Waiver” here.What are the minimum scores for the TOEFL and IELTS?Review the Test Scores section for complete information.I have a 3-year Bachelor's degree, can I apply?Country specific requirements are listed here. What are the transcript requirements for International Institutions?Students who have earned their degree outside the United States must check the country-specific requirements to determine if original-language copies of their academic records are needed. Please also review the Transcript section and be sure to submit all required documents as part of your initial application via the online portal. Transcripts regularly take up to 8 weeks to process. Requests for transcripts missing from the original application submitted can add significant processing time.Does USC accept WES evaluated transcripts?USC does NOT accept WES evaluated transcripts. If admitted, you will be required to submit your bachelor’s degree information to IERF for degree verification. Detailed information is available at www.ierf.org/uscWhat is the required International Degree Verification process?Students who choose to attend USC should be aware that the USC Office of Degree Progress requires verification of international bachelor’s degrees from the International Education Research Foundation (IERF).Students complete this process after admission to the program.Detailed information about IERF services, including application forms, fees, and required documents are available at www.ierf.org/usc.Please contact Degree Progress email@example.com, 213.740.7070 if you have any questions, or need more information regarding prior degree verification.Does USC provide answers to other Frequent Asked Questions about admissions for an International Student?The Graduate Admissions Office website is an amazing resource for international applicants and students to help address frequently asked questions and concerns. Visit their FAQ page for international students!What is USC’s Office of International Service (OIS)?USC's Office of International Services (OIS) is the primary resource for USC's international students. This office has the most updated information regarding visas, events specifically for international students, and employment. They also have great information on pre-arrival, arrival, and life in Los Angeles! All new students should sign up for their newsletter.Financing Your DegreeFor financial documentation, how much money do I need to have?The cost of attendance at USC changes from year to year. The amount required for financial documentation is the estimated cost of living and studying in Los Angeles for one year, not the cost of tuition for the entire program.
Please carefully review the International Students only: Financial documentation and Passport section for details.What if I need help paying for school? Are there scholarships?The USC Marshall School of Business offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships for students. These awards are highly competitive and are determined at the time of admission.Domestic and international students are eligible. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for priority scholarship consideration. Please review our Program Cost and Scholarship section for more details.Many of our students pay for their degrees using savings or loans. For more information on financial aid that is specific to international students, please see USC's Financial Aid Website.
Program Cost and Scholarship
Tuition is calculated per unit based on the unit price of the given academic year. Tuition is subject to increase each academic year. For detailed information on tuition and mandatory fees please visit: https://classes.usc.edu/term-20223/tuition-and-fees/. Please keep in mind this information relates only to the listed academic year.
All applicants, regardless of academic history and work experience, must submit a valid GMAT or GRE score.
Official scores must be received before the deadline and sent directly to USC by the testing service in order to be reviewed.
Submitting Scores: Upload electronic copies of your GMAT or GRE scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC Marshall through the testing service (GMAC or ETS).
Your scores are considered valid only if earned within five years to the month of your intended first term at USC.
English-Language proficiency –TOEFL/IELTS (International Students)International graduate applicants must demonstrate English-language proficiency by submitting TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores.Minimum Requirement:TOEFL: Total 100; each band 20IELTS: Overall 7; each band 6Exceptions: International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement only under the circumstances outlined here.Submitting Scores:To avoid delays in the processing of your application, please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to USC Marshall when you pre-register for the examination. Upload electronic copies of your TOEFL or IELTS scores with your application in addition to sending official scores to USC Marshall through the testing service. Official scores must be received directly from the testing service and dated no earlier than 2 years (24 months) prior to the start of your intended first term at USC. Do not enter the name and contact information of your specific intended graduate department.Code:TOEFL: 4852 (no department code is required)IELTS: choose “University of Southern California, Graduate Programs” from the list of available institutions on the day you sit for the exam
In lieu of a general personal statement, the MSF application requires two essays. Please submit your answers to the following essay prompts through the “Questions” section of the online application.
1. Describe your career aspirations. What roles, companies, industries, and regions do you see yourself working in and how do you see Marshall's MSF program helping you achieve your goals? (300 words maximum).
2.Tell us about who you are outside of your academic accomplishments. What are you passionate about? (300words maximum.)
Optional Essay: Is there something that you would like for the Admissions Committee to know about you that has not already been mentioned. (Optional; 250 words maximum).
You may be invited to complete an online video assessment as part of your application to the USC Master of Science in Finance program. This step of the application process is by invitation only. If you are invited to submit a Kira assessment, please treat this as your formal interview.
Requests for Kira assessments will not be considered. This part of the application is by invitation only.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are used as a gauge of your achievements and potential. One letter of recommendation is required; two are preferred.
We prefer your letter of recommendation be provided by a professor or direct supervisor, ideally one from each. This person should provide specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills, and personal qualities.
MSF Online Information Sessions
Join us for an online presentation of USC Marshall's Master of Science in Finance program. Learn details on program components, hear the ins-and-outs of the application process and have the opportunity to meet program representatives and current students.
Please note that for your convenience we have scheduled our info sessions to follow the USC Office of Graduate Admission Spotlight: USC events.
At Spotlight: USC you can learn how to successfully complete USC’s online Graduate Application, avoid common mistakes (and possible delays) and have the opportunity to ask general application and admission process related questions and get answers from a representative of the USC Office of Graduate Admission. You can register for Spotlight: USC. You will receive a registration confirmation email from USC Office of Graduate Admissions immediately after reserving your spot. This email will include the Zoom link where you will access the Spotlight session.
You may register HERE for the MSF information session which will follow the USC Office of Graduate Admission Spotlight session.
MSF information sessions will be scheduled to be aligned with the USC Graduate Admissions Spotlight sessions. Dates will be announced shortly.
School and Program Information
Is the MS in Finance STEM-eligible?
Yes. Graduates of the MS in Finance program are eligible to apply for a 24-month STEM OPT Extension.
Progressive Degree Program
The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) enables superior USC undergraduate students to apply undergraduate coursework toward the completion of a USC master’s degree. Please review here for information about Progressive Degree Program.
The MSF program is accepting PDP applications for 2023. Please see here to find the MSF PDP application link (different from the regular application portal).
Note: Progressive Degree Program (PDP) is only available to current USC undergraduate students.